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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« Last post by TerryM on May 24, 2017, 10:52:26 PM »
Electric autorickshaws (the very common three wheel vehicle in India and Bangladesh) would make an credible difference in both air quality and noise levels.

Bring 'em on....


And in Havana - as Coco Cabs


Terry
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Science / Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Last post by Archimid on May 24, 2017, 10:51:04 PM »
Trump is basically blinding NASA about climate change. This will be remembered as treason against mankind.

Trump's 2018 Budget Request Axes 5 NASA Earth-Science Missions


http://www.space.com/36989-nasa-budget-cancels-five-earth-science-missions.html

The other four Earth-science projects to get the ax in the proposed 2018 budget are the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite; the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) experiment; the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder; and the Earth-viewing instruments aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft.


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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« Last post by Tigertown on May 24, 2017, 10:44:34 PM »
Will it keep on keeping on?
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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« Last post by Bob Wallace on May 24, 2017, 10:33:50 PM »
Electric autorickshaws (the very common three wheel vehicle in India and Bangladesh) would make an credible difference in both air quality and noise levels.

Bring 'em on....
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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« Last post by Sigmetnow on May 24, 2017, 10:03:45 PM »
Electric Vehicle Costs Must Fall by 20% in India, Mahindra Says
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., India’s only manufacturer of electric passenger cars, said costs to produce the vehicles need to come down by about 20 percent to make prices attractive as the government looks to encourage adoption with favorable tax treatment.

The government needs to support research and development activities of suppliers to localize component manufacturing, Mahindra’s Managing Director Pawan Goenka said at a press conference in Mumbai Wednesday. The automaker imports almost half of the materials it uses in electric vehicles making them costlier, he said.
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Battery prices are expected to decline by as much as 25 percent in the next three years as volumes increase, Goenka said. Batteries account for about one-third the total cost of an electric vehicle.

Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd., a subsidiary of the automaker, aims to expand its capacity to make electric vehicles almost 10-fold to 5,000 units a month in two to three years, Goenka said without elaborating on the type of vehicles that will be produced. The company, which sells about 100 electric vehicles a year, plans to introduce a 32-seat electric bus and three-wheeled electric rickshaws in 18 months, he said.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-24/electric-vehicle-costs-must-fall-by-20-in-india-mahindra-says


The auto rickshaw or tuk-tuk is a very popular vehicle in Asia.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_rickshaw
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Consequences / Re: 2017 ENSO
« Last post by oren on May 24, 2017, 10:00:30 PM »
Insane. Putting out one's eyes doesn't typically solve problems.
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Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« Last post by Sigmetnow on May 24, 2017, 09:54:19 PM »
"UK coal:

Fiddlers Ferry & Aberthaw didn't run at all during April. None of UK coal plants ran for more than 20% of hours..."
https://twitter.com/DrSimEvans/status/865481140357914624
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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« Last post by Sigmetnow on May 24, 2017, 09:51:32 PM »
U.S. government sues Fiat Chrysler over excess emissions
The U.S. government filed a civil lawsuit on Tuesday accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) of illegally using software to bypass emission controls in 104,000 diesel vehicles sold since 2014.

The U.S. Justice Department lawsuit, filed in U.S. District court in Detroit, is a procedural step that may ramp up pressure on Fiat Chrysler and comes amid growing scrutiny of diesels by regulators around the world.
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The lawsuit asserts the Italian-American automaker placed undeclared "defeat devices," or auxiliary emissions controls, in 2014-2016 Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles that led to "substantially" higher than allowable levels of nitrogen oxide, or NOx pollution, which is linked to smog formation and respiratory problems.

The lawsuit asks a court to require Fiat Chrysler to fix the vehicles and bar it from selling vehicles with excess emissions as well as unspecified civil penalties. EPA said in January the maximum fine is about $4.6 billion.

Fiat Chrysler faces a separate criminal investigation on the same emissions issue by the Justice Department and probes by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and many U.S. states.

In January, EPA and California accused Fiat Chrysler of illegally using undisclosed software to allow excess diesel emissions in 104,000 U.S. 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks....
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fiat-chrysler-emissions-idUSKBN18J28F
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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« Last post by Lord M Vader on May 24, 2017, 09:47:23 PM »
ECMWF 12z op run depicts a possible scenario of a heat dome invading Kara Sea in 5-9 days which should literally blow up the ice there in addition with sea ice transported into the Atlantic "death row". Some century breaks possible next week.
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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« Last post by StopTheApocalypse on May 24, 2017, 09:07:08 PM »
Here's the formula for calculating; it's calculated observationally in terms of short and long wave radiation, so implicitly takes albedo into account I guess. And I guess there is a point at which insolation overwhelms the effect of having slightly warmer air which would coincide with lows. In any case, both high pressure AND high temperatures are scheduled for the next few days, so this discussion might not be relevant to the situation at hand.
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